What Power Supply Is Required For A Motorised Patio Awning?

Our electric patio awnings with or without LED under awning lighting draw around 1.1amps, although a start up (activation of motor) this draw can double circa 2.2amps. The tubular motor, which is built inside the patio awning contained in the rollertube to either the left or right-hand side, has a sealed standard 3 core, (live, neutral, earth) power cable, exiting it, which can be up to 10m in length depending on order specification.

The power cable is simply fitted with a 3 or 5amp fused rated 3 pin plug and plugged into a standard socket or wired into a standard fuse spur again fitted with a 3 or 5amp fuse. Given the typical mounting height of a patio awning (around first-floor level) it is normal for the power cable to run through a sealed capped hole into the first-floor room (bedroom) and be plugged into a spare socket here.

When an awning is fitted with an infra-red heater, it still simply requires connecting to either a socket (via plug) or fuse spur, however, the fuse rating should be increased to normal 13amp due to the current of the heater. If there are more than one heaters with the patio awning installation, each additional heater should have its own 13amp supply.

A motor power cable is never cut shorter than 1m, as the first 1m of the power cable contains the antenna for the awning motor and cutting this reduces the operating range which is typically 200m in open space or 20m through two reinforced concrete walls but can vary due to local electronic devices such as phone masts.

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